As I had written in my previous e-newsletter, this month’s City Council discussed a proposal for a complete streets pilot project on Yonge Street, between Bloor and Davisville, this spring. After a month of consultation and discussion with numerous stakeholders, and an avalanche of support from the local community (and beyond), Council voted resoundingly in support of the pilot project.
The pilot project will include the positive improvements we have seen in other parts of the city last year: CaféTO on-street patios, streetscape improvements, temporary bikeways, spaces for parking, loading and deliveries, as well as road safety improvements at intersections and along the section of Yonge Street. The pilot approach allows for thorough and continuous public consultation, monitoring and testing of the proposal, which will enable the City to actively adjust the project based on feedback and live data.
In order to address the feedback I had received from our local businesses and residents associations along that stretch of Yonge Street, I have successfully moved two motions (motions 2a and 2b). These motions will ensure that traffic impacts are looked at holistically, and that proper supports for local businesses are put in place throughout the pilot delivery. This also builds on my previous motion to ensure more focus be given on improving safety, materiality and design of the CaféTO patios, which will be featured as part of this pilot project. City staff are already working with the BIAs on potential designs, which may look similar to what we have seen implemented on Danforth Avenue last summer. You can see the detailed staff report and all motions on the City Council’s item page, at this link.
In conjunction with the key stakeholder consultations that are already underway, I had requested that a larger public consultation meeting be organized by the City. All residents along the corridor will receive notice in the mail shortly, but you can already register for the consultation at the website below. Community and business consultations are key as to how this project will be designed and delivered by taking into account the specific circumstances of each neighbourhood surrounding Yonge Street. My office will continue to work closely with the community to provide support and guidance through the consultation process, and to ensure that this is done with, and for, the community in order to make Yonge Street the complete street that we need.
ActiveTO Midtown Yonge Pilot Project – Community Consultation Meeting:
Date: April 27, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Access: Online and/or via phone.
- For online access, please register and access online meeting at this link or by going to ca/ActiveTO
- For phone access, call 416-915-6530 and when prompted enter 133 533 2032 as the Meeting ID number. Participants by phone are able to ask live questions during the meeting by dialing *3.
Comments and feedback can be shared directly with the ActiveTO team by emailing Active_TO@toronto.ca or by calling 311.